Looking Back

From the files of the Loomis News
By: Compiled Howard Mehl and Howard Stitt
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50 YEARS AGO (Feb. 20, 1959 Issue) A large group of Loomis ladies from the Women’s Club of Loomis and the Loomis Jr. Women’s Club attended the benefit luncheon and fashion show at the Sacramento Inn. Locals attending were Mesdames Bert Norberg, Rueben Logerwell, Caroyn Law, Cora Hacker, Marguerite Webb, Etta Dornfeld, Linn Nelthorpe, Theo Brace, Leonard Evans, Louise Swetzer, Magdalena Eckhardt, Robert Hansen, Walter Taylor, Lloyd Owen, Richard Howard, Charles Engvall, Donald Monroe, Wayne Naylor, Gene Gieck, Al Schweigert, William Elkus, Robert Anderson, Charles Day, Elizabeth Taylor, Al Pilliard, Albert Fieser, Ruth Confer, Ralph Narramore, Jean Stacker and Walter Ehrman. Mrs. Robert Anderson, president of Lomis Jr. Women’s Club, was one of the models. Mrs. Marguerite Webb modeled the two dresses she made for the Vogue sewing contest. 25 YEARS AGO (Feb. 23, 1959 Issue) The 30th annual Oriental Food Bazaar, sponsored by the First United Methodist Church of Loomis, was to be staged Saturday at Del Oro High School. The event is to celebrate the cultural heritage left by the immigrant Japanese founders of the church and to encourage fellowship by working together and having fun. The menu included chow ein, chicken teriyaki, kushiyaki, a variety of sushi, cakes, pies and other homemade goodies. 10 YEARS AGO (Feb. 18, 1999 Issue) A memorial service was held for Roger Greene, 54, a native of W. Va. He was a resident of Penryn for 30 years. Roger served in the Air Force and worked as an electrical technician at McClellan AFB for 35 years. Services were held for Pastor James Gardiner, 51, a native of St. Maries, Idaho. He moved here 18 years ago to become the pastor of the Loomis First Assembly of God Church. He was one of the founders of the Sutter Roseville Chaplaincy program and was a board member of the Sacramento Valley Teen Challenge. Pastor Gardiner was an avid fan of the Del Oro High School Eagles and the San Francisco 49ers. Barbara Nichols, in collaboration with the Loomis Basin Historical Society, wrote two new publications about the historic Lincoln Highway. One was a booklet describing the highway through Loomis, Penryn, Ophir and Newcastle. The other was a guide to a bicycle and walking tour of the Old Lincoln Highway in the Loomis Basin area. Russ Kelley presented Dorothy Shiro and Gary Gade a donation to benefit the Loomis Basin Parks and Recreation Fund. The money was the remainder of Kelley’s campaign funds from his town Council race. Sandra Shockley was named to the scholastic honor roll at Oregon State University. The First United Methodist Church of Loomis presented “The Knockabouts,” a family concert of inspirational and gospel music. The performers were Terry and Cindi Knock with their children Rachel and Jeremy. Kevin Robinson was the new senior pastor at Sierra Baptist Church on Auburn Folsom Road in Newcastle. Randy Elder moved his business office to the Hebard Insurance building on Taylor Road. He had been affiliated with The Equitable since 1976 after graduating from Sonoma State College. Randy and his wife Eileen moved to Loomis in 1990 because they wanted to raise their family in a small town. Randy was very active in the Loomis community.